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Marie-Charlotte Sparenberg
PhD student
Ir. at UCL in 2018
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Main project: CO2 post-combustion capture by means of membrane absorption-crystallization using amino-acid salts
Funding: ERC
Supervisor(s): Patricia Luis Alconero

Climate change remains a huge challenge today. The most mature and popular CO2 capture method in post-combustion processes is the absorption of CO2 into a solvent, often MEA. Nevertheless it has been shown that this method could be improved both in terms of solvent and in terms of device. The project aims at studying the CO2 post-combustion capture by means of membrane absorption with amino-acid salts and convert the absorbed species into valuable carbonate crystals after a concentration step by means of a reverse osmosis (RO) membrane. The crystallization will be performed thanks to a membrane distillation-crystallization step. A comparison between the osmotic membrane distillation system and the vacuum membrane distillation system will be performed. This whole process should minimize the energy consumption thanks to the use of membrane technologies instead of absorbtion columns while producing pure crystals that could be sold in the industry.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Chemical engineering

Keywords:
membrane technology
process intensification

Research group(s): IMAP

Recent publications

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Journal Articles


1. Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte; Chergaoui, Sara; Sang Sefidi, Vida; Luis, Patricia. Crystallization control via membrane distillation-crystallization: A review. In: Desalination, Vol. 519, no.115315, p. 115315 (2022). doi:10.1016/j.desal.2021.115315. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/250731

2. Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte. Experimental mass transfer comparison between vacuum and direct contact membrane distillation for the concentration of carbonate solutions. In: Separation and Purification Technology, Vol. 275, p. 119193 (2021). doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2021.119193. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/248625

3. Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte; Ruiz Salmón, Israel; Luis Alconero, Patricia. Economic evaluation of salt recovery from wastewater via membrane distillation-crystallization. In: Separation and Purification Technology, Vol. 235, p. 116075 (2020). doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2019.116075. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/222201


Conference Papers


1. Sang Sefidi, Vida; Garcia Alvarez, Mar; Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte; Luis Alconero, Patricia. Membrane crystallization in an integrated process for CO2 capture. 2021 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/241713

2. Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte. Novel carbonate production process designed in the light of a life cycle assessment. 2021 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/250806

3. Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte; Luis Alconero, Patricia. Carbonate crystallization via vacuum membrane distillation-crystallization. 2020 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/239423

4. Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte; Luis Alconero, Patricia; Ruiz Salmon, Israel. Economic evaluation of salt recovery from wastewater via membrane distillation-crystallization. 2019 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/222219

5. Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte; Ruiz Salmon, Israel; Luis Alconero, Patricia. Use of salinity gradients for the recovery of valuable components from wastewater. In: Web program ECCE12, 2019, p. Abstract #821 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/241720

6. Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte; Ruiz Salmon, Israel; Luis Alconero, Patricia. Salt production by membrane distillation-crystallization:economic analysis. 2018 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/222218